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Thursday Morning Pre-Practice

Just checking in at the Vikings media office. Nothing to get excited about yet. Except, maybe, the weather.

Ideally, when planning to head to Mankato for Minnesota Vikings training camp, I'd make a hotel reservation early and then get there a little early so I felt more prepared. That didn't happen. What did happen was that I wasn't sure until late whether or not I'd be able to attend camp and so I didn't make a reservation until late and now I'm staying at a place that reeks of mothballs and where I think there is a good chance I'll be electrocuted when I turn on a lamp.

I'm just glad I'm not Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer left Mankato after practice on Monday to go see his ailing father in Naples, Florida. With his team playing their first preseason game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game, it's a rough time for him to be away from his team. While Zimmer has a history of rallying to coach despite personal tragedy, it isn't the way anyone would like to start their second year as an NFL head coach. Word is that Zimmer is back in Mankato.

Gray, stormy skies are threatening to drive practice indoors to the field house today. Since Zimmer has said that the only things that will convince him to have practice indoors is lightning and, maybe, a tornado, I have concerns. We'll see what happens.

Generally, the team is still quite healthy even well into the second week of training camp, but earlier in the week a small handful of players did not practice and it will be interesting to see if they are practicing again today.

Met up with the always affable Arif Hasan and had to express disappointment that he wasn't wearing his Batman shirt today. Well, life goes on--hopefully without electrocution.